Which Garage Door Parts Require Lubrication?11/29/2014 Back To Blog
Each and every garage door needs lubrication maintenance. It is an important part of the care provided to the system. It ensures its smooth, effective and quiet operation. At the same time, there is still confusion about the parts which have to be lubricated in order to work properly. Get the information and advice which you require in order to do a good job and to make the system work as perfectly as possible.
Simple Rules to Keep
As a rule of thumb, the moving metal components of the system or some of their parts have to be lubricated. This is because when they move, friction is created and it speeds up the natural wear and tear. It can also make the door noisier. In rare cases, it can lead to more serious damage. All galvanized garage door torsion springs require lubrication. The lubricant prevents torsion between the coils.
The cables that lift the door require slight lubrication at the bottom bracket button. The same applies to the bearings of the sheaves. Lubricant has to be applied on the rollers as well. When they get dry, they make squeaky sounds which can be particularly annoying. It is important to note that nylon rollers must not be lubricated. This is because the product which is used for this purpose may actually cause damage to the nylon wheels. You also need to identify the parts in the areas where different surfaces slide or turn. They need to get lubrication as well.
Lubricant should also be applied to the drives of chain drive and screw drive openers. It will have the same beneficial effect as on the components of the door. It will provide for much more efficient and quieter operation.
Providing Proper Lubrication
Now that you know which garage door parts have to get lubricated, you need to learn how to do it properly. Firstly, you will need the right product. It must comply with the requirements and recommendations of the manufacturer of the door. Keep in mind that you may have to use a different product for the opener.
The parts have to be cleaned before lubricant is applied if they are dirty and/or rusty. You can use a citrus-based solvent or another type of product recommended by the door's manufacturer. You need to apply small amounts of the lubricant to the different parts. You can wipe it gently with the use of a brush or a cloth. Make sure that you cover the entire surface.
With proper lubrication, you can extend the useful life of all metal parts including the garage door tracks and hinges.